ATLANTA (AP) — Ivan Nova combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Monday night to claim a share of first place in the AL East for the first time in seven weeks.
Raul Ibanez led off the second inning with a homer and Robinson Cano had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the first. The surging Yankees climbed into a tie with idle Tampa Bay for the division lead, their first time atop the division since April 24.
Nova (8-2) gave up five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings for his fourth straight win. He added a milestone with a second-inning single for his first career hit.
Randall Delgado (4-6) set a career-high with six walks as he allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.
MARLINS 4, RED SOX 1
MIAMI (AP) — Desperate for a turnaround, the Miami Marlins opened their retractable roof for the first time in nearly two months Monday night, took to the outdoor setting and snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Josh Beckett and the Red Sox.
Josh Johnson outpitched his former teammate, and rookie Donovan Solano drove in two runs as the Marlins improved to 1-6 on their homestand. They’re 3-2 with the roof of their new ballpark open.
Beckett (4-7), the Marlins’ postseason star when they won the World Series in 2003, pitched against them for the first time. He gave up four runs in seven innings.
Johnson (4-4) also went seven innings, allowing four hits and one run.
NATIONALS 6, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Bryce Harper had three hits in his return to the starting lineup, Edwin Jackson pitched eight strong innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and the Washington Nationals beat the Blue Jays for their fourth straight win.
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer and Rick Ankiel also connected for the NL East leaders.
Jackson (3-3) improved to 4-0 in his past seven starts against Toronto dating to July 30, 2008. He allowed two runs and three hits.
Toronto lost starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (7-4) just nine pitches into the first inning when the right-hander strained a muscle in his left side.
ANGELS 3, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Pujols had a tiebreaking single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning off Kenley Jansen, lifting the Angels to victory over the Dodgers.
The Angels rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. Mike Trout homered in the fourth inning off Dodgers starter Chris Capuano and added an RBI single in the sixth to tie it. He then scored the go-ahead run from second base on Pujols’ broken-bat hit.
Jason Isringhausen (2-0), one of four Angels relievers, got one out for the win. Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Jansen (4-1) pitched one inning for the Dodgers.